EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 26, 2013

Methuen police investigate unrelated house breaks

By Dustin Luca

---- — METHUEN — As families throughout the region celebrated Christmas yesterday afternoon, two households were reeling from seemingly unrelated visits from the Grinch.

House breaks were reported late yesterday afternoon and early evening on opposite ends of town, according to Methuen Police Sgt. Tod Himmer.

The first was reported around 5 p.m. on Hideaway Lane. In that incident, an apparent robber forced his or her way into the home through a back door and cleaned out several thousand dollars in high-end electronics, Himmer said.

Details on the second break were still being gathered by police yesterday evening. It was reported on Buswell Avenue just before 7 p.m., according to Himmer.

While details were limited on the second break due to the ongoing investigation, Himmer said the two didn’t seem to be related.

“Nothing would bring me to that. It’s two sides of town,” he said. “Methuen detectives have responded and are currently processing both scenes. Hopefully we’ll have something to work on in the future, identify the individuals responsible in this criminal activity.”